A month after moving to the US, I have managed to at least establish some contact with people on my own timezone who are not my colleagues.
I mostly used social networking sites that have some notion of local (Bay Area) community.
Not sure if Mastodon has anything like that. That would have to be an instance related to a specific geographic area, right?
It's been a while, so maybe it's time for another update:
I've been here in the US for 7.5 months now. I still haven't set up all my furniture, lol. (But most of it!)
Otherwise, I feel like I've adjusted pretty well. I have local friends now! It's not easy to build your local social network from scratch during a pandemic, and not being able to travel "home" doesn't help. But I'm making progress.
@NerdResa hooray local friends!
And yeah, I hear you on the setting up a new life in a pandemic. Not quite as disruptive a move (Livermore -> Fremont for school) but trying to make friends is hard. :/
Where in the Bay are you, and do you have a bicycle?